Mouse Infestation Indicators
Common signs that indicate a house mouse infestation is present include tracks, sightings, droppings, and the discovery of furniture or other materials that have been chewed on. It may also be possible to smell if mice are present in a home by the musty odors they produce. Areas that house mice commonly dwell in include undisturbed storage areas, shoe boxes, and closets.
Appearance and Color
The common house mouse is a rodent that has small, beady eyes and ears that are large in proportion to the rest of its body. An adult mouse can weigh up to ½ ounce and can be as long as 5 ½ to 7 ½ inches in length, including a tail that is 3 to 4 inches long. Mice range in color from deep gray to light brown.
Biology and Life Cycle
A house mouse generally lives for nine months to one year. During that time, female mice can reproduce as frequently as 10 times. Gestation is 20 days in length and produces young that are fully mature and ready to reproduce within two months.
House mice are capable of squeezing themselves through tiny dime sized openings. They are excellent climbers and jumpers. In fact, mice can jump 12 inches reaching shelving and other areas that are above the ground. Mice also have powerful senses of smell, touch, hearing, and taste.
A house mouse eats any available food, but it prefer grains like oats, corn, and wheat.